Letters to the editor - 11/04

November 04, 2002

Morgan a good leader

To the editor:

I have been very appreciative of the response to my letter to the editor regarding my opinion that magnet schools were a mistake in Washington County. However I am worried that many people have taken my opposition to magnet schools to mean that I believe that the leadership of our county school system is headed in the wrong direction.

Nothing could be further from the truth! I am very pleased with the strong leadership and performance of our county superintendent of schools, Elizabeth Morgan. We here in Washington County are very fortunate to have such an experienced and strong leader in our public school system.

As the father of six children, all of whom have graduated from high school here in Washington County, I am very proud of our local public schools. I have been paying very close attention to the programs which Morgan has been implementing, and I am very impressed with the direction in which she is leading us.


The fact that Morgan and myself may differ on the allocation of scarce resources in these tough economic times should in no manner lead anyone to assume that I am in opposition to the vast majority of what our local school officials are doing.

We should all be proud of our county school system. However, we must recognize that we must do a better job of reaching the lowest rung of students as well as those students who are our "best and brightest."

Morgan and I must agree to disagree on magnet schools. However, other than that she has my complete support. And she should have yours, too.

Rodney T. Pearson Sr.


Iraq war is not prudent

To the editor:

I would like to voice my opposition to an attack on Iraq. Why is the Bush administration even contemplating an attack?

They say it's because Saddam Hussein represents a threat to our national security, but what evidence do they give us for this? All they give us are some vague statements about how terrible a leader he is to his people, how he must have weapons of mass destruction, or that he must be harboring or collaborating with terrorists.

The truth of the matter is that the Bush administration has not given us one shred of hard evidence that Saddam had anything to do with the Sept. 11 attacks, that he is harboring al Qaeda terrorists, or that he is amassing or is capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction to the United States.

I think there are two reasons why President Bush is contemplating an attack: 1. He knows that war-time presidents get very high approval ratings. His ratings have been going down steadily since we invaded Afghanistan. So he needs a new war to bring them back up. 2. His father had a chance to take out Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War, but didn't. So now junior wants to make up for his father's blunder.

Most of our allies are against this attack and will not participate. Also, there are many Muslims around the world who believe that the U.S. is on a mission to invade Islamic-majority nations one by one. This is, of course, not true, but we would play right into their hands by invading Iraq without just cause.

Their rhetoric after the attack will gain them new adherents and that means more suicide bombers. It was right and just to take out the Taliban and I was with President Bush 100 percent in that cause. But now I think he is using the threat of terrorism to push forward a crass personal and political agenda that will increase the threat of terrorism and make us international pariahs.

Bernard F. Murphy

Hedgesville, W.Va.

Life is worth more than spit

To the editor:

This letter is in reference to the stabbing death of Justin Lawson by T.J. Sims. Sims was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, a misdemeanor, and was sentenced to one year in jail, of which he will only serve 277 days.

Recently I was in a turn-of-the-century train station museum where authentic artifacts were displayed. One of the signs stated it was a felony to spit on the station floor. The fine was $500 and up to five years in jail.

Recently TV news told about a community that was having trouble with wild geese. It was brought out that killing a wild goose was a felony.

How can we as civilized people feel it more serious to spit or kill a goose than stab a young man to death?

Have our values as a nation changed so much that a goose has more value? That the value of a life is 305 days? That it was more serious to spit? We have undervalued life not only of the victim but his family and friends who still suffer.

Roberta Rhoads


Festival a peachy affair

To the editor:

The Leitersburg Ruritan Club, volunteer fire department, auxiliary to the fire department and the Leitersburg Grange would like to thank all who helped make the 23rd annual Leitersburg Peach Festival a success.

The Leitersburg Peach Quilt was won by Terry Leopold of Smithsburg.

The funds collected will be used for grange charities and Deaf Net.

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